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Does a General Contractor Submit Plans to the City and Help with the Permitting Process?
Obtaining the proper permits is a necessary part of just about any home remodel. They are definitely a part of all new home builds. The permitting process is not as fun as some of the other aspects of remodeling or building a home, but it is required, nonetheless.
When we take on a home remodel or home build in Orange County, part of what is included in our services is handling the permitting process. This means we will submit for and acquire all the necessary permits under our CSLB license number for a project. We will ensure that your project passes all relevant inspections and meets all of the requirements of the State of California, as well as the city in which the home is located.
Having your project permitted serves several important purposes. First of all, it ensures that your home is up to the latest safety standards. Building codes also require that many projects meet certain energy efficiency standards. This is good for the environment, but these standards also help to make your home more comfortable without having to spend a fortune every month on heating and cooling.
Another benefit of having a home that’s properly permitted is that when the time comes to sell your home, it will be an easier process, and your home will likely garner a higher sale price. Some home buyers shy away from homes with unpermitted work—and for good reason. There could be multiple safety issues in an unpermitted home, which could require expensive remedies. Most buyers want to know that they are buying a home that passed all relevant inspections and that meets the latest safety standards.
Finally, there are hefty fines if you get caught doing unpermitted work. In addition, you may need to undo work that was already completed to bring it up to code. Essentially, you will be paying to have the work done twice! It’s a much better idea to do it right the first time.
Like it or not, permitting is part of the process of doing a home remodel or new home build. But a good general contractor can make the process easier by handling everything on your behalf. General contractors speak the language of those in the city planning departments and know what inspectors want to see when they come for inspections. With a good general contractor on your side, like Scott McKee Construction, your project should get through the permitting process in a timely manner, so your project can get completed that much sooner!